GRANADA HILLS -- At least five students at a Granada Hills Charter school got ahold of the SAT at least one day before the exam was administered, according to school officials.
The Educational Testing Service got reports of "irregularities" in the administration of the SAT exam at Granada Hills Charter School earlier this month and has launched an investigation.
"We are looking at the October administration at the Granada Hills High School, but for confidentiality reasons we're not really able to comment any more about it," said Tim Ewing, the director of press relations for the private testing service.
He added that officials are "moving quickly to resolve matters."
Brian Bauer, the executive director of the school said students had gotten access to the exam one day before it was given.
"Two in particular had reviewed it and a handful were involved in removing copies of the exam before the exam took place," Bauer said. He later said a total of five students were involved.
He said the exam had been stored on campus, and was under the supervision of a school employee who had been hired by the Educational Testing Service as the "test supervisor."
That person was responsible for ensuring the security of the test, Bauer said.
Bauer said he could not discuss in detail what action the school had taken, "except to say the gamut of discipline, including suspension and removal from the school, is being considered and in some cases has been taken" against the students, "and the same would apply to any particular employee or employees."
About 150 to 200 students took the exam Oct. 4, the day after the students got hold of the test, Bauer said. The next Monday, the school administration received an anonymous e-mail from a student complaining about the breach.
Granada Hills is a former Los Angeles Unified School District campus in the San Fernando Valley that was converted to a public charter in 2003, leaving the district with limited oversight authority.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times